As we come to the conclusion of Winter, it seems like all of my kids “can’t wait for Spring!” I reminded them that once we hit the Spring, they’ll be saying that they can’t wait for Summer and a break from school. It seems like we humans can have some difficulties when it comes to waiting – whether it’s waiting in line at Walmart, waiting for some test results, waiting for a cake to rise or waiting for a bad hair cut to grow out (I never have this problem bc I love my hair cutting guy 🙂
Anyways, here are some good things to consider that are associated with waiting:
- maturation & refining – like a fine wine, time can often help us to be more wise & refined
- greater awareness – often if we will give time a chance to work its magic, we will see things that we would have missed from being impatient
- discipline – being impulsive tends to create half-baked results, but waiting gives us the benefit of growing in our ability for self-control
- space & time to check my heart – it seems like when I’m always in a hurry that checking in with my heart and the Holy Spirit unfortunately tends to take a back seat to activity & speed
I read this quote yesterday, “if things seem under control, you are just not going fast enough” – mario andretti (racecar driver). In the past (maybe not so distant past), i’ve had some challenges with driving too quickly. We could go into some humorous descriptions, but suffice it to say that when i was dating my husband, he complimented my driving, saying that, “you drive like you’re going somewhere.” He’s a diplomatic man 😉
Seems like everything in our world is fast & getting faster: iphones w 3G speed, wireless as opposed to high speed internet, faxes have become moribund & facebook lets us see what our friends are up to in almost real time. i’m a BIG FAN of this speed evolution, but its not beneficial in all contexts (i.e. speeding tix & that’s all i’m gonna say about that right now). Let me say to you that intimacy doesn’t grow & isn’t fostered at mach speed. My husband & i have been married for more than 15 yrs & our relationship has grown & deepened over time. We have a more indepth relationship now than we did when we were 5yrs married or 10yrs married, etc. I anticipate that our relationship will be even deeper when we’re 25yrs married.
Take this premise & consider God. I want a depth & intimacy w God that is indescribable. But i can honestly say that my intimacy w God has definately increased the most over the past 5 years, i believe largely due to the increased quantity of time that i’ve spent w Him. Time w God is an essential ingredient to intimacy w God. Time w God can come in lots of different contexts & formats, but being intentional about spending time w God expresses w your actions that God is important to you & that you desire to be with Him. Without such intentionality, intimacy w God can easily become an elusive & frothy expression lacking substance & grounding.